Re: So you want to be an underwater hunter?

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Posted by Walt on November 01, 2009 at 14:11:58:

In Reply to: So you want to be an underwater hunter? posted by JohnC on November 01, 2009 at 01:07:07:

Sorry, I see no sport or skill in spearing sheephead on scuba (or even freediving). Not something to be proud of, as these fish can easily be approached and the larger they are the easier they are to approach. They are critical in keeping down the population of urchins that can decimate a kelp forest into a rocky barren.

As for getting a limit - that's irresponsible to try to limit out, regardless of the species you're hunting. Take what you can and will eat that week and nothing more. If you can indeed eat 7 lobster, go for it, but don't limit for the sake of saying you got one. Big deal - all you're doing is contributing to the decline of what's available.

If you want a real sporting challenge, join in with some freedivers who go after white sea bass or the other pelagics. Again, take only what you can and will eat. Plus after eating fresh fish, who would want frozen?

Personally I believe hunting (or gathering) on scuba should be banned. Its like fishing with dynamite - no sport.

Post after you've gotten your first pelagic and tell us how good it tasted and how you prepared it. Then proudly call yourself a hunter.

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